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Is PSYOP Based on Junk Science?

Psychology: The Hard Truth about a Soft Science

Genghis Khan didn’t have psychologists, but he did PSYOP.  Spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt amongst one’s enemies has a much longer history than the “discipline of psychology.”

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The moral and intellectual deterioration of the American media has reached an advanced stage

The moonbats really hate the idea that Rumsfeld ran a successful influence operation on them.  Not a perfect influence operation.  Not an influence operation that wouldn’t impact the credibility of future influence operations.  But it worked.  For a while.

We invaded Iraq to destabilize the entire Middle East, so-called “friends” along with acknowledged enemies.  Probably not a good idea to publicly rub the noses of the friendlier of our so-called “friends” in that unpalatable fact.  Americans as a rule value honesty, straight talk, saying what you mean.  Lefty Americans whine incessantly about hypocrisy, fixating on it in tiresome tirades of projection.

We’re a Westphalian nation-state superpower at war with a stateless, amorphous, ad hoc group of Islamic religious extremists who are stereotypically Arabs, Persians or Pashtuns who do not value directness like we do.  We have a big problem with effectively differentiating messages for our different target audiences.  The Bad Guys hear and read everything we do.  The domestic oppositional elements within our polity seek out any inconsistancies between messages to politicize for their benefit.

We need code words for the discerning to pick up on in determining the intended TA. 

 

 

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Hawkman’s Secret Identity Revealed

Excellent review here.

“American combat soldiers don’t want pity.” Yon says, “They’re ready to fight to the end; they just don’t want it to be for naught. They have been fighting for two nations, one of which didn’t seem to notice. The Iraqis noticed.”

We can win this war,” Yon declares. “And if we do it will be a victory of the same magnitude as the fall of the Soviet Union. It will not be a victory for the Republican Party. It will not be a victory for America and Great Britain and others ‘against’ Iraq. It will be a victory for freedom and justice. It will be a victory for Iraqis and for the world, and only then will it be a victory for us.”

LtCol Michael has been an effective practitioner of Muddy Boots IO.  Cannonette had the pleasure of meeting him and the Mrs. last year.

The people who appreciated Muddy Boots IO are almost out the door.  Good luck, sir.

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But Can He Walk the Walk in 9 Months?

An unconventional era of warfare requires unconventional thinkers. That is because this era’s range of security challenges, from global terrorism to ethnic conflicts, from rogue nations to rising powers, cannot be overcome by traditional military means alone. Conflict will be fundamentally political in nature and will require the integration of all elements of national power [Diplomatic, Information, Military, Economic].  Success, to a large extent, will depend less on imposing one’s will on the enemy or putting bombs on targets, though we must never lose our ability or our will to unsheathe the sword when necessary. Instead, ultimate success or failure will increasingly depend more on shaping the behavior of others, friends and adversaries, and most importantly, the people in between.

Every attempt to change the behavior of fence-sitters and insurgent-supportive elements in the domestic target audience turns to shit.  To even utter the unpalatable truth that there are indeed oppositional elements within the polity who see political advantage in American defeat evokes howls of spittle-flecked invective from the usual suspects, causing most counterinsurgent-supportive types to recoil in disgust and give up any attempt at rational discussion with such people.

I don’t foresee many nails following Secretary Gates’ request standing up to be hammered.  I’m beginning to think truly unconventional political warfare is beyond the capability of anybody on the inside.  Unless they cover their tracks really well.

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Liberty Is Not the Gift of the State

Mark Steyn is a very smart guy.  You Regulars should pay attention. 

As for “gun-totin’,” large numbers of Americans tote guns because they’re assertive, self-reliant citizens, not docile subjects of a permanent governing class. The Second Amendment is philosophically consistent with the First Amendment, for which I’ve become more grateful since the Canadian Islamic Congress decided to sue me for “hate speech” up north. Both amendments embody the American view that liberty is not the gift of the state, and its defense cannot be outsourced exclusively to the government.

He has pretty much nailed the philosophy behind a counterinsurgent-supportive virtual militia.  Our favorite Westphalian nation-state is at war, but chooses not to fight the War of Ideas like a real war.  Irregulars reserve the right to annoy the enemy any way we can, including domestic enemies beyond the reach of .mil retribution.  And many of those enemies can be annoyed on the Internet in rare moments of spare time, when we’re not at the mall.

Amriki tribal chauvinists should appreciate this:

“Were I a Kerry voter, though, I’d feel deep anger, not only at them returning Bush to power, but for allowing the outside world to lump us all into the same category of moronic muppets. The self-righteous, gun-totin’, military-lovin’, sister-marryin’, abortion-hatin’, gay-loathin’, foreigner-despisin’, nonpassport ownin’ rednecks, who believe God gave America the biggest d*** in the world so it could urinate on the rest of us and make their land ‘free and strong.'”

I love that, even though I don’t have sister, but I DO have a passport, and I don’t despise cute foreigners who smell good.

 

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WHY DO US COMPANIES LIKE NETWORK SOLUTIONS HELP SUPPORT HIZBALLAH AND OTHER RACISTS?

Implementing Epaminondas‘ idea for attracting attention and directing scrutiny through bots.

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Andropov Is Dead, But His Disinformation Machine Carries On

Kerry’s Soviet Rhetoric  The Vietnam-era antiwar movement got its spin from the Kremlin.

KGB priority number one at that time was to damage American power, judgment, and credibility. One of its favorite tools was the fabrication of such evidence as photographs and “news reports” about invented American war atrocities. These tales were purveyed in KGB-operated magazines that would then flack them to reputable news organizations. Often enough, they would be picked up. News organizations are notoriously sloppy about verifying their sources. All in all, it was amazingly easy for Soviet-bloc spy organizations to fake many such reports and spread them around the free world.

This is from 2004, but I hadn’t seen it before.  Ion Mihai Pacepa is credible to me.  The Palestinians, Iranians, Hezbollah, As Sahab owe much of their success to Soviet IPB and Soviet sympathizers in the West.

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